All over the planet on Friday, millions of children and young adults walked out of their classrooms in an unprecedented collective action to demand a radical and urgent shift in society's energy and economic systems in order to avert the worst impacts of human-caused global warming and climate change.
With demonstrations in more than 100 countries and tens of thousands of schools, the worldwide Climate Strike is the largest since 16-year-old Greta Thunberg sparked a wave of increasingly huge marches and walkouts with her one-person strike outside the Swedish Parliament last year.
Since then, Thunberg has admonished and appealed to world leaders at COP24 and Davos, successfully securing a commitment from the European Union to fight the climate crisis while inspiring strikes all over the world. European students began holding weekly walkouts in Brussels in December, while Australian, and German young people are among those who have organized strikes as well.
"We have been born into this world and we have to live with this crisis, and our children and our grandchildren," Thunberg told a crowd of her peers in Stockholm in Friday. "We are facing the greatest existential crisis humanity has ever faced. And yet it has been ignored. You who have ignored it know who you are."
#FridaysForFuture #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate @vanessadantes1 https://t.co/VcnUsAuOca— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) 1552625003.0
LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE MARCH IN BRUSSELS!!! Young people are rising in 2052 places in 123 countries on every cont… https://t.co/NxNfxpLiBt— Mike Hudema (@Mike Hudema) 1552661528.0
Our house is on fire.🔥🌍🔥 #Brussels #ClimateStrike today is bigger than ever before, loud & colorful. 🎨👪🎵🎶☔🌈 Politic… https://t.co/lHIP9GhCQY— Maria Gernert (@Maria Gernert) 1552659214.0
Sign in St. Paul Minnesota: "If you don't act like adults, we will." #climatestrike #FridaysForFuture https://t.co/xUMrJjGz0H— Eric Holthaus (@Eric Holthaus) 1552672214.0
Officially more than 150,000 students on #ClimateStrike in Montreal, the number just came in!! #FridaysForFuture… https://t.co/OItEo4JoTI— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) 1552679311.0
Oh boy, look what happened in Lisbon, Portugal. #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike https://t.co/K1Ew1Zg4ey— Master angie -"brave new world" explorer 🦣. (@Master angie -"brave new world" explorer 🦣.) 1552667881.0
Beautiful scenes in NYC where thousands of students have gathered at Central Park for the #ClimateStrike. Huge chee… https://t.co/tgdDfmXaLd— Dr. Lucky Tran (@Dr. Lucky Tran) 1552674727.0
In Kyiv, Ukraine, 100+ students appealed to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman and the govt to recognize climate cha… https://t.co/d31sdbzszU— 350 dot org (@350 dot org) 1552664000.0
HUGE! crowd out in #Barcelona as far as the eye can see. Young people are rising in 2052 places in 123 countries on… https://t.co/rIrKT45XCj— Mike Hudema (@Mike Hudema) 1552663332.0
Mientras algunos discuten por control de identidad a menores, #AdmisiónJusta u otras pequeñeces, los jóvenes solo p… https://t.co/rK4qWw2GAf— Mauro #Apruebo #NuevaConstitución (@Mauro #Apruebo #NuevaConstitución) 1552671923.0
We are thousands of people in #Paris for the global strike for climate ! #Youth4Climate #FridayForFuture… https://t.co/f5QDrJjjfr— Antoine Tifine 🇪🇺🌻🍉 (@Antoine Tifine 🇪🇺🌻🍉) 1552655607.0
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